Horizon Forbidden West Controls for PlayStation | Default Keybinds

Horizon Forbidden West is the newest entry in the Horizon series. As such, there are new mechanics introduced in the sequel to keep things fresh. These new mechanics have a new control scheme as opposed to their predecessor. That is why this guide will take a look at the Horizon Forbidden West controls for the PlayStation.

This guide will cover all of the controls that you need to remember. If you cannot get used to them at once, don’t worry and keep on practicing. The game does an excellent job of explaining all of the controls. With that said, let’s get started and take a look at the Horizon Forbidden West controls.

Horizon Forbidden West Controls (Default Keybinds)

There are tons of controls in Forbidden West to keep track of therefore, you need to master the basic ones first to build up a ground base. Once you get the hang of them, it’ll be easier to proceed from there. The game does a great job at explaining the control scheme so after a while, it will become muscle memory.

Main Controls

MovementLeft Stick
CameraRight Stick
Shieldwing Deactivation / Toggle Quick Swap TargetSquare
Focus Tag Part/Use (Prompt)Triangle
Dodge / Shieldwing Deactivation/SwanCircle
Jump / GrappleX
Tool / Weapon Technique / Override Mode Shift LeftD-pad left
Tool / Weapon Technique / Override Mode Shift RightD-pad right
Heal / Refill PouchD-pad up
Tool Use / Hold to Open Hunter’s KitD-pad down
Weapon WheelHold L1
Valor Surge (while using Weapon Wheel) / MeleeR1
AimHold L2
Focus Tag / Pry / Melee Heavy AttackR2
Spring ToggleL3
Focus ActivateR3
Pause GameOptions Button
Open Menu / Show HUDTouchPad


Equip PullcasterTriangle
Use Weapon TechniqueR1 while aiming
Primary FireR2


One of the biggest new changes in Horizon Forbidden West is to the swimming mechanic. Players can now explore the underwater areas of the Forbidden West. There are tons of machines that will attack you underwater, so, you’ll want to be prepared for it.

Swim DescendSquare
Swim AscendX


Mount Duck Rider (Race Only) / Mount / DismountSquare
Mount BrakeCircle
Mount Speed Up / Rider Recover (Race Only)X
Mount Light Melee AttackR1
Rider Recovery (race only) / Mount Heavy Melee AttackR2
Aim Behind Toggle (race only)L3

Machine Strike

Secondary Unit ActionSquare
Tertiary Unit Action / Finish TurnTriangle
Primary Unit ActionX
Navigate LeftD-pad left
Navigate RightD-pad right
Navigate UpD-pad up
Navigate DownD-pad down
Select Previous ViewL1
Select Next ViewR1
Select BackL2
Select ForwardR2

Those are all the controls in Horizon Forbidden West. Let us know what you think of the game so far and do you like the default keybinds and controls? We would love to know what keybinds you are using. Also, be sure to check out the Dying Light 2 controls and for Lost Ark.

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema

By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.

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